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Toluca Lake Student featured on ETMLA website



NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Introduce A Girl To Engineering Day

Click to see the video of our very own TL student talking with women of the NASA JPL team!
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Fifth grade students connect with scientist Mai Fahmy to learn about Madagascar's Lost Forest.

Fifth grade students connect with scientist Mai Fahmy to learn about Madagascar's Lost Forest.

Toluca Lake Elementary and
its fifth grade teachers
​featured on the JPL website.

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Mrs. Hernandez's class and the Toluca Lake Garden
​featured in a local magazine - click for article link


Comcast Cares Day:
Volunteers Revamp Toluca Lake Elementary School


Toluca Lake Students win a trip to Johnson Space Center in Houston

newsNASA Student Science Symposium
Two Toluca Lake Elementary Students win a trip to the Student Science Symposium at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas!  [Only 10 elementary schools from the entire United States were chosen - Toluca Lake was one of them and the only elementary school from California!]
Toluca Lake Elementary School became a part of the NASA Explorer School (NES) program this year.  As a NES school, Toluca Lake Elementary is able to make use of a plethora of fine lessons provided by scientists, engineers, and educators from NASA and JPL. One of these lessons involved designing a prototype “lunar plant chamber” enabling astronauts to grow food on the surface of the moon.
Students worked in groups of two to create their design and build their prototypes.  Each model had to provide ways for the astronauts to generate electricity, recycle water, and have a housing unit connected to the plant chamber. The top two student groups sent power point presentations of their work to NASA. One of these teams has been selected as the only elementary school in California to go to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas to present their project at the Student Science Symposium.  Fifth grade students, Caitline Molina and Ali Freas will be accompanying their teacher, Dennis Hagen-Smith, to Houston in early May. “I am very proud of the hard work the students did on this challenging project,” commented Hagen-Smith. 
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Toluca Lake Elementary student wins Vecmobile Art Contest!

newsThe Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control Department offers free education programs to schools. Their goal is to provide education to help prevent the spread of dangerous diseases such as West Nile Virus & encephalitis, carried by dangerous vectors.  To accomplish this task, the Vector Control Dept. sends an educational trailer, the Vecmobile to schools to provide hands-on education. Fifth grade students learn about the life cycle of a mosquito, its anatomy, how diseases are spread, and strategies to control the spread of vectors. Students conduct an experiment on the Vecmobile and each receive an activity book and certificate from the program.   A few months ago, the Vecmobile made its annual visit to the Toluca Lake Elementary School. At the conclusion of their visit, they offered students the opportunity to participate in an art contest creating posters to educate the public about vector control. One of Toluca Lake’s fifth grade students, Jennifer Castro, won the grand prize for her drawing! Her poster will be posted upon over 40 different buses in the city. In addition, she will receive a $100 savings bond towards her education, and her class will receive a pizza party on June 4! Jennifer’s teacher, Mr. Dennis Hagen-Smith, commented, “I’m very proud of Jennifer’s hard work and creativity!”  [press release]  [web release

Space Shuttle Endeavor flys over Toluca Lake Elementary (9/21/12)